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October 25, 2005

How Low Can It Go? - Epilogue

Two days of airports and MP continues to play catch-up at the office, so just another quickie post today:

Today's streaming video "Daily Briefing" from Gallup Editor-in-Chief Frank Newport provides a helpful epilogue to our "How Low Can It Go" post from last week.  They checked available presidential approval ratings for the four other presidents in their second term and compared George W. Bush to other presidents in their "19th quarter."  The results:  At 44% approval, Bush is scoring lower than Presidents Eisenhower (60%), Reagan (61%), Clinton (59%) but better than Nixon (32%).   As always, the Gallup Daily Briefing is free to all until the stroke of midnight.   


Keep in mind that in the third quarter of 1973, the Nixon administration was reeling from a summer of blockbuster testimony and disclosures stemming from the Senate Watergate hearings.  However, MP's search of the Gallup archives suggests that the "19th quarter" numbers came just before the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre" in late October 1973 in which Nixon fired the Watergate Special Prosecutor and others.   

UPDATE:  As I was writing this, CNN released a new set of presidental approval numbers from Gallup. 

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Posted by Mark Blumenthal on October 25, 2005 at 04:25 PM in Polls in the News | Permalink


I'd like to see a poll of John Corzine's numbers if this is true and makes the press:


Posted by: Justin | Oct 28, 2005 7:49:57 PM

Look at how low those numbers are. Ha. Clinton was at 59%, I guess he wasn't as hated as Hannity and co. would lead the wingnuts to believe.

Posted by: deegahl | Oct 29, 2005 11:43:33 AM

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